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SELCO India, Affordable solar home systems – Ashden Award winner

This video can be downloaded here: www.ashdenawards.org SELCO won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2005. To find out more visit the link above and check out the Ashden Awards Blog ashdenawards.blogspot.com SELCO-India is a private business which has designed and sold over 48000 solar home systems, powering electric lighting and small appliances for 220000 people in Karnataka and other states in South India. Around 46% of households in India do not have mains electricity, and for many others the supply is unreliable. The use of photovoltaic (PV) solar-home-systems (SHS) can provide reliable power for lighting and low-power appliances, which brings great practical benefits. Smoky, dangerous kerosene light is avoided, people have extended hours for work and study, and more opportunities for leisure and entertainment. Many programmes throughout the world have attempted to improve quality of life using SHS, but often they have not led to long term use and continuing markets. SELCO-India believes that the use of SHS will become widespread only if the system and after-sales service are of high quality, and if people want an SHS enough to pay for it. What they provide is properly designed and installed systems, excellent on-the-spot service and links to organisations which offer appropriate and affordable finance. The Ashden judges were highly impressed with the philosophy and excellent management within SELCO-India they have built a thriving business by providing poor

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Subsidized grid connected photovoltaics tariffs in Europe

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) is an incentive made to recompense the production of renewable energy both by households and investors. Power companies are supposed to purchase back, at rates higher than the market, power produced from renewable sources; such as wind, thermal solar, PV solar, biomass, hydro and geothermal. This tariff is also called Feed-in Law, Solar Premium, Renewable Tariff or Renewable Energy Payments. FIT helps make the production of renewable energy economically viable. Usually governments secure the tariff for up to 15, 20 or even 25 years from the date of the setup.

The advance of sources of renewable energy is deemed critical to avoiding climate change. The cost of producing renewable energy is still higher than the cost of producing energy from petrol and carbon. FIT tries to counterbalance this difference, thus making more attractive renewable energy installations, asking the utility company to repurchase and reuse the power made by renewable installations. The difference in cost is spread over all of the customers of the power grid. FIT requires net metering regulation to account for electricity purchased from the grid and energy sold to the grid.

FIT is seen as more effective than quotas enforced on power companies, because it satisfies the morality of people. What follows is a simplified summary of FIT policies by some European countries.

COUNTRY BRACKET 1
(0 < 5 kWp)
BRACKET 2
(5 < 10 kWp)
BRACKET 3
(> 10 kWp)
YEARS NOTE
Austria 0.46 €/kWh 0.40 €/kWh 0.30 €/kWh lower after 10 yrs
Belgium 1.09 €/kWh 0.82 €/kWh 0.54 €/kWh 15 lower after 10 yrs, < 250 kWp
Bulgaria 0.40 €/kWh 0.36 €/kWh 0.36 €/kWh lower after 10 yrs, bracket 3 = bracket 2
Czech Republic 0.53 €/kWh 0.53 €/kWh 0.53 €/kWh 20 fixed
France 0.55 €/kWh 0.55 €/kWh 0.55 €/kWh 20 fixed, 0.30 €/kWh ground
Germany (0 < 30kWp) 0.43 (30 < 100 kWp) 0.41 €/kWh (100 < 1000) 0.40 €/kWh 20 > 1000 kWp 0.33 €/kWh
Greece (0 <100 kWp) 0.46 €/kWh (> 100 kWp) 0.40 €/kWh 10
Italy (0 < 3kWp) 0.49 €/kWh (3 < 20 kWp) 0.46 €/kWh (20 < ) 0.44 €/kWh 20
Luxenbourg (0 < 30kWp) 0.41 €/kWh (30 < 1000 kWp) 0.36 €/kWh 15
Netherlands (0.6 < 3kWp) 0.33 €/kWh 15
Portugal 0.55 €/kWh 0.40 €/kWh 5 max 50 MW buildings. 150 ground
Slovenia 0.39 €/kWh 0.39 €/kWh 0.39 €/kWh 10 fixed
Spain 0.33 €/kWh 0.33 €/kWh 0.33 €/kWh 25 fixed

 

 

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Bangladesh – Renewable Technology Opportunities for Women

Electrification and Development Microenterprise, which now has become a SME with 117 employees. Diversification: Initially, it was assembling of DC lamps and providing services through battery charging station. Now the SME has moved to assembling CFL and LED lamps, controllers and inverters of solar home system (SHS) and mobile phone chargers. It has provided SHS to almost 30000 households, small enterprises and markets in coastal areas, where grid electrification is not a feasible option. …

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Solar Tower – Opportunity to Reduce Global Warming and CO2

equal reliability to fossil fuel generators. A single 200MW Solar Tower power station will provide enough electricity to power around 400000 households. The energy output will represent an annual saving of more than 1960000 tonnes of greenhouse CO2 gases from entering the environment when compared to brown coal emissions in Victoria. The greenhouse savings equate to the removal of approximately 500000 cars from the road. The Australian Solar Tower project consists of six distinct phases, …

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